U.S. Davis Cup team unchanged

Jan. 30, 2008 at 4:58 PM   |   0 comments

VIENNA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- There will be no changes in the U.S. team next week when it begins defending its 2007 title in a first-round tie against Austria at Vienna.

The Americans will use world ranked players Andy Roddick and James Blake for singles and twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan for doubles.

The U.S., captained by Patrick McEnroe, won its first Davis Cup title in 12 years and record 32nd Davis Cup title by beating visiting Russia at Portland, Ore., last month.

The Austrians, skippered by Gilbert Schaller, will use Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer for singles and the doubles duo of Werner Eschauer and Julian Knowle.

The competition next weekend will be played weekend indoors on red clay, a surface where the visitors usually don't play well.

The nations have not met since 1990 and the U.S. holds an all-time lead of 2-0 after its 5-0 rout at Uncasville, Conn.

The USA-Austria winner will face either Romania or France victor in the quarterfinals.

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